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The Hockey News' AHL Jersey Rankings

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They call it the ‘second-best hockey league in the world,’ but the American League certainly won’t settle for that title when it comes to our ultimate jersey showdown. Whether it’s completely original looks or jerseys designed to pay homage to a team’s NHL parent franchise, the AHL has a history nearly as long and illustrious as the big circuit.

While logos (last year’s competition) are certainly a big part of the hockey jersey, we also considered shoulder patches, striping and piping – so teams gained and lost points based on those factors. You'll also notice both home and away jerseys are used to represent the teams. Simply put, we took the one we liked best out of the two. Third or alternate jersey weren't considered, nor were the new duds for Abbotsford and Texas, who haven't released their sweaters yet.

For the AHL, jerseys we thought leaned too heavily on NHL sweaters were dropped to the middle – they looked good, but we know why.

With all that in play, here are the rankings. Click on each thumbnail for a larger picture.

And once you've taken in our top 27, head over to the voting page to select your favorite from our top 10 and help it to move on in the Jersey Tournament that will follow the rankings of each league’s jerseys (find the rankings and tournament schedule on The Hockey News Jersey Rankings and Tournament Central page).

RK.

LOGO

TEAM

THE SCOOP

1

Milwaukee
Admirals

Love the colors, love the logo; a winner all-around

2

Rochester

Americans

Classic crest with a clean look to it

3

San Antonio

Rampage

Rampage makes grey and black work; logo certainly helps

4

Springfield

Falcons

Points for talons on the arms, plus nice colors

5

Manchester

Monarchs

Jury was high on liberal use of purple

6

Worcester

Sharks

Great original take on parent San Jose's logo

7

Norfolk

Admirals

Unique color scheme backs up solid crest

8

Bridgeport

Sound Tigers

Bold orange and blue backs up parent Isles

9

Peoria
Rivermen

Sweet crest and cool colors

10

Chicago
Wolves

Everything about Wolves' look is their own

11

Manitoba
Moose

Original colors, plus a fierce-looking Moose

12

Houston

Aeros

We loved the green and white

13

Herhsey

Bears

Bears stay true to their chocolate-brown roots

14

Toronto

Marlies

Great logo, clean look to Leafs-esque sweater

15

Grand Rapids

Griffins

Nice crest, but certainly a middle-of-the-pack jersey

16

Portland

Pirates

Much like Grand Rapids, Pirates' sweater does no harm

17

Hartford

Wolfpack

Wolfpack ride coattails of parent Rangers

18

Providence

Bruins

Circle-P also tips hat to Boston overlords

19

Lake Erie

Monsters

Jury divided on Monsters' 'M' crest

20

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

Penguins

Steroid Penguin a little too much for our tastes

21

Hamilton

Bulldogs

Bulldog looks good, but sweater otherwise plain

22

Adirondack

Phantoms

Odd colors, plus Phantom looks like a shadow puppet

23

Lowell

Devils

Some of us dug it, others thought it was too close to NJ

24

Syracuse

Crunch

Colors aren't bad; white gorilla mascot still confusing

25

Rockford
Icehogs

Logo not fantastic, rest of jersey copied from parent Hawks

26

Albany

River Rats

River Rat losing its lustre

27

Binghamton
Senators

Bad logo has Bingo following Ottawa to the basement

Over the next two months, THN.com will leave the voting on the best jerseys up to you, the reader. To vote for your favorite, click HERE (AHL jersey voting ends at 9 a.m. EST on Aug. 20.). To see ratings from other leagues, visit THN.com's Jersey Rankings and Tournament Central.

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